FINALLY! From the opening tip to the final buzzer, the Red Raiders played a complete offensive game of basketball. It what was by far our best played game of the year to this point, with shots falling from all over the floor. While still only shooting an average 39% from the 3 point line, the scoring in general was worlds better than what it has been. The ball movement was great, and we also did a good job in transition scoring. What helps balance that out is the Red Raiders shot 68% from inside the arc, making it hard to lose any game.
McCullar, Edwards and McClung all played incredibly efficient games, each scoring 15+ to lead the team to a comfortable 18+ point lead throughout the course of the game. In what was a questionable decision against Kansas State last week, proved to workout yet again. Terrence Shannon Jr. reported off of the bench for his 2nd time this year against Iowa State. Though I am not sure why they believed it was a good idea in the first place, it has definitely worked out for the better. The last two games have arguably been Tech’s best 4 halves of offense this season with scoring 36, 46, 54 and 37 respectively in those. While it has come against the two worst opponents in the conference, it is still good to see a fluid offense for the Red Raiders after some lowly performances this year. From watching the team’s highlights yesterday, it is easy to see the offensive dominance we maintained from beginning to end.
Had some fun today.— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) January 9, 2021
Highlights from Ames ⤵ pic.twitter.com/iWUOu4ILuE
While this is great to see some much needed improvements all around for the team, there is no time for celebration. With a crucial two game stretch that includes a trip to Austin and a visit from the Bears, the Red Raiders will truly be able to find out what they are made out of. If they are able to continue this offensive dominance, it will most definitely help. But the main key to winning these two games will be our old reliable - defense.